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NFL Betting Preview: Cleveland Browns vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

December 10, 2023


The Jacksonville Jaguars will travel to Cleveland, Ohio to face the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium in week 14 of the NFL season with the game kicking off at 1:00 PM ET and will air on CBS on Sunday afternoon.

Jacksonville is likely to be without Trevor Lawrence for the next few games as he suffered a high ankle sprain in a 31-34 overtime loss at home against the Cincinnati Bengals after an offensive lineman stepped on his ankle with the loss also ending their two-game winning streak, however, the Jaguars are tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the 3rd best record in the AFC with a record of 8-4 which also puts them in 1st place in the AFC South. The Jacksonville Jaguars have been an above-average scoring team this season as they enter this game averaging 23.75 points per game which ranks 9th in the NFL. Their passing offense has also been one of the best this season as they are averaging 9th most passing yards per game and Trevor Lawrence has played a pivotal role in the success of the passing game for the Jaguars as he enters this game having completed 271 of 399 attempts for 3,004 yards with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions while rushing for 248 yards and four touchdowns. The Jacksonville Jaguars will look to bounce back from their loss against the Cincinnati Bengals when they travel to face the Cleveland Browns.

The Cleveland Browns have been one of the best defensive teams in the NFL this season as they enter this game allowing an average of 20.42 points per game which ranks 10th in the NFL, however, during their current two-game losing streak the Browns have struggled defensively as they have allowed an average of 32.5 points per game with the losing streak also dropping their record to 7-5 which puts them in a tie with the Texans, Colts, and Steelers for the Wild Card spots in the AFC. The Browns rely on a heavy running game on offense as they enter this game averaging the 7th most rushing yards per game with an average of 135.08 rushing yards per game. Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt have played pivotal roles in the success the running game has had for Cleveland as they enter this game having combined for 981 yards and nine touchdowns. The Browns will look to end their two-game losing streak when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon in week 14 of the NFL season.

BookMaker has the Cleveland Browns listed as 3-point favorites at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon in week 14 of the NFL season. The teams are 5-5 in the last ten while Jacksonville has won two of the last three meetings. The Jaguars are 6-4 ATS in the last ten while having covered the spread in the last four games in the series. The Jacksonville Jaguars are 8-4 ATS overall, 4-0 ATS on the road, and 2-2 ATS as an underdog this season while the Cleveland Browns are 6-5-1 ATS overall, 5-1 ATS at home, and 3-2 ATS as a favorite on the year.

Jacksonville enters this game with a better record and has been the better team most recently in the series, winning two of the last three meetings. The Jaguars have also been the better team at covering the spread in the series as they are 6-4 ATS in the last ten and have covered the spread in four straight matchups while also being the better team at covering the spread this season as they are 8-4 ATS overall and have covered the spread in all of their road games as they are 4-0 ATS on the road. I look for these trends to continue which is why I am taking the points with the Jacksonville Jaguars when they travel to face the Cleveland Browns.

Spooky Express Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars +3